Answer to “What Herb Am I?”

WHAT HERB AM I - Rachel Austin, DVM, CVA, GDCHVM

It is the middle of summer in Arizona and the temperatures are hitting the 100's. Your client brings in a 3 year, FS,

It is the fall season in Vermont when the leaves are changing colors and the days change from warm and sunny to cool and windy. A client brings you a young canine patient that has been vomiting, with restlessness, lethargy, and inappetence but extreme thirst causing accidents in the house. The client noted that a few months prior her dog was seen at her regular vet for a mild fever and shifting leg lameness. She was treated with NSAID's and it resolved. When you examine the patient, she has swollen hocks, pain on BL23 palpation, and minor petechiae on the gums. The tongue has a slight purple hue and the pulse is wiry and forceful. You check for heat and other active points and find GB 25 and 39 also active. On lab work, there is a thrombocytopenia, an increased BUN and Creatinine, as well as USG of 1.016 with 3+ protein.  You question the owner to find that they are avid hikers and the dog had many ticks removed this past summer.  You decide this is a Shao Yang disorder and while you are awaiting the results of your other tests, you decide to start a Chinese Formula that has as its chief herb one that can expel pathogens to the exterior and harmonize. It is bitter and cooling. You pic the formula Xiao Chai Hu Tang because its chief herb can accomplish this action.  What herb am I?

What is Chai Hu

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